State Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Opiate Addiction Treatment

Pittsburgh – April 7, 2016 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on ways to improve access to treatment for people suffering from addiction to opiates, such as heroin, opium and prescription drugs including Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, morphine and others.
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Costa, Fontana Call For Removal of ICA Director, Criminal Investigation

Harrisburg, April 5, 2016 – State Sen. Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Caucus Chairman Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) called today for the removal of Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) Executive Director Henry V. Sciortino and requested a criminal investigation into the financial activities involving the authority.
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Senator Costa to Hold Telephone Townhall on May 10th

On Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m., Senator Costa will hold a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting. Participants will be able to ask questions as well as listen to a discussion about issues that are important to our area.

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Campaign Finance Reform

This much-needed reform measure is aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania.
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Property Tax Reform

Our new property tax plan would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians.
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Surprise Balance-Billing

With some 45 million Americans behind on medical bills, and half of all bankruptcies caused by them, patients should not risk being saddled with bills for services they reasonably understood would be covered by their health insurance.

Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus

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The Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Caucus, a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus, was established in October 2012 with the purpose of providing caucus members access to the latest research, education and policy developments on arts and culture.  Additionally we support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts, culture, and tourism in the Commonwealth.

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